First Baptist Church of Columbiana
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  • Dr. Michael Miller
    Senior Pastor


    Bachelor of Arts, Samford University, Birmingham, AL

    Master of Divinity, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

    Doctor of Ministry, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA



    Family:    Married to the former Anita McCaghren of Danville, Alabama, June 6, 1981

    Daughter, Leah Miller Simpson of McMinnville, TN | Son-in-law, Casey Simpson

    Grandson, Casey John Simpson II, born November 30, 2012

    Granddaughter, Anna Lee Fayeth Simpson, born September 16, 2014


    What I love about First Baptist Church:  What I love about FBCC is that this is a family of believers who genuinely love God and love each other. This is why I’ve been here since 1992!  FBCC is a loving, caring, forgiving, encouraging, and empowering group of people. When you have a need, they are there for you. They will pray for you, believe in you, and enable you to reach your fullest potential in Christ. This is what church is all about. We are far from being a perfect church, but we are earnestly striving together to become more like Jesus and to share his love with a broken world.


    Hometown: I was born in Red Bay, AL, lived for several years in Anniston, AL, and consider Decatur, AL my home town. I graduated from Austin High School in Decatur in 1978.


    Best childhood memories: It’s difficult to choose just one. I enjoyed playing sports as a kid, especially baseball and football. I later learned to enjoy tennis and golf. There are a lot of great memories connected to those sports. More importantly, I was blessed to grow up in a home with loving and supportive parents. I never had to wonder if my parents loved me or whether I was a priority in their lives. I always knew that, and it gave me a great deal of stability and assurance during my formative years. I also had the privilege of participating in a loving and supportive church family. They taught me the importance of fellowship and worship and learning more about God’s Word and His will for my life. I remember publically professing my faith in Christ and being baptized. I later shared my calling into the gospel ministry with my church family. It’s hard to describe just how much their love and support have meant to me through the years.


    Favorite Bible verse:  Of course, John 3:16 is everybody’s favorite because it summarizes the Good News so well.  I also have a few others:


    Mt. 11:28: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. I like this verse because it reminds us that Christ is always available when we’re tired and discouraged, to lift our burdens and to give us strength.


    Mt. 28:19: Go and make disciples of all nations. I like this verse because it reminds us of our mission. God calls us to join him on his mission to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. God loves every person in the world. Our mission is to get that message out, starting where we live.


    Rev. 22:7: Behold, I am coming soon! I like this verse because it reminds us of our destiny as the people of God. No matter how tough life gets, a better day is coming for those of us who are in Christ. Life on this earth is short. It’s also temporary. One day Jesus will come again and take us to that perfect place called “heaven,” where there will be no more sadness, no more sorrow, and no more suffering. That is our hope in Christ. And that is what spurs us on to love and good deeds here and now, while we have the opportunity!


    Favorite book:  I wouldn’t be much of a pastor if I didn’t say the Bible, right?! Other than the Word of God, a few books I’ve recently read are The Character of Leadership by Jeff Iorg, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Bradberry and Greaves, and Making Sense of Who God Is by Wayne Grudem. On the lighter side, I also enjoy novels, especially those by John Grisham.


    Favorite food: I like all kinds of food. My Grandpa Miller used to quote Luke 10:8: “Eat what is set before you.” I guess I’ve always pretty much followed that instruction from Jesus to his disciples. In other words, I’m not a “picky” eater. That being said, I do enjoy fresh vegetables probably more than any other food. A close second would be fresh seafood, especially shrimp.


    Favorite movies:  I haven’t been to the movie theater all that much in recent years, except to watch a couple of Christian-oriented films. My wife and I used to go to dinner and a movie two or three times a month on our date night, but it seems not many movies have captured our imaginations lately. I prefer some of the old black-and-white films. It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart is probably my all-time favorite because it’s so uplifting and because of what it teaches, namely, that every person’s life matters.


    Favorite vacation spot:  I truly enjoy the outdoors and being in God’s wonderful creation. I love the mountains as well as the beach, but probably my favorite spot is Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It’s just a special place to be up close and personal with breath-taking geological features, incredible beauty, and amazing wildlife that’s not found anyplace else. It makes me wonder about the beauty of God’s new creation in heaven.


    Habit I want to quit:  Late night snacking.


    Hidden talent:  I haven’t found it yet.


    Hobby:  Reading, historical documentaries, yardwork.


    What music would you find on my IPOD or IPHONE: This is one of those awkward moments when I’m forced to reveal my lack of technical savvy. The fact is, I don’t have an ipod and the only music I have on my iphone is the radio. I do love music, however, and what I most listen to is contemporary Christian and seventies pop and folk. I also enjoy some blues, jazz, and bluegrass.


    Proudest moment:   The birth of Casey John and Anna Lee, my two grandkids.


    Strangest thing I have done: I’m not prone to high-risk behavior. I haven’t done any bungee jumping or sky diving and don’t have any plans to do so in the immediate future. My biggest fear is stepping into the pulpit on a Sunday morning and forgetting my sermon. I came close to realizing that fear one Sunday several years ago. As I sat on the platform during the worship service, just before time to preach, I recognized that I had forgotten my sermon notes. Panic-stricken, I slipped out of the sanctuary while the choir sang, quickly ran to my study, found the notes on my desk, and ran back into the sanctuary just before time to preach. For me, that was a strange and scary moment!


    Way to relax:  See hobbies.


    Weirdest thing I’ve eaten:  I ate fish eyeballs while on a mission trip to Senegal, West Africa. I don’t recommend them.


    What I wanted to be when I grew up:  Growing up in the late sixties and early seventies, in the hey-day of NASA, every boy’s dream was to be an astronaut, and I was no exception. They were the heroes of the day! As I entered college, I had plans of going into pharmacy or optometry. Strangely enough, however, I was in the middle of a college chemistry class when I saw the light from above and heard the voice of God calling me into ministry. God knew better than I what he had made me to do, and it had nothing to do with chemistry!

  • Charles Powell
    Minister of Worship & Senior Adults


    Bachelor of Musical Arts, Samford University, Birmingham, AL

    Master of Music, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL


    Family: I have been married to a talented woman for 22 years, Katie. We have two awesome children, Isabella and David.


    What I love about First Baptist Church:  The relationships I have with our church members.


    Hometown: Arley, AL


    Best childhood memories: Camping in the mountains and panning for gold with my Dad.


    Favorite Bible verse:  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)


    Favorite book:  “The 5 Levels of Leadership” by John C. Maxwell


    Favorite food: A BLT Sandwich made with fresh garden tomatoes!!


    Favorite movies:  Any of the Star Trek or Star Wars movies.


    Favorite vacation spot: Disney World Orlando


    Habit I want to quit:  Procrastination


    Hidden talent:  I like to crossstich.


    Hobby:  Cooking


    What music would you find on my IPOD or IPHONE: I love the Martins & David Phelps.


    Proudest moment:   When my oldest daughter was born and when our adoption of David was final.


    Strangest thing I have done: Chasing a calf at a Rodeo.  


    Way to relax:  Reading a good book on my Kindle.


    Weirdest thing I’ve eaten: Chitlins


    What I wanted to be when I grew up:   A Chef

  • Andy Shelton
    Minister to Students & Education


    Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Alabama

    Master of Divinity, Samford University, Beeson School of Divinity


    Family: Wife, Elizabeth Shelton; children, Sarah Elizabeth and Drew


    What I love about First Baptist Church:  It’s people and commitment to missions


    Hometown: Fayette, AL


    Best childhood memories: Fishing with my grandfather every day after school.


    Favorite Bible verse:  Psalm 32:8


    Favorite book:  Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis


    Favorite food: Steak


    Favorite movies: Goonies and Rudy


    Favorite vacation spot: Orange Beach, AL


    Habit I want to quit: I’ll have to get back to you on that. (Procrastination)


    Hidden talent:  If I told you, it wouldn’t be hidden anymore.


    Hobby:  Fishing, Hunting, Golf, Tennis


    What music would you find on my IPOD or IPHONE: Lots of Chris Tomlin


    Proudest moment: Birth of my children


    Strangest thing I have done: Trying to rope a cow from a moving horse… Bad Idea!


    Way to relax:  Evening rides on the pontoon boat with my family


    Weirdest thing I’ve eaten: Rattlesnake (It didn’t taste like chicken!)


    What I wanted to be when I grew up: Chemical Engineer

  • Cindy Milner
    Minister to Children


    Dothan High School

    Wallace State Community College


    Family: Husband, Don; Children-Aaron & Sarah


    What I love about First Baptist Church:  First Baptist is like a great big family to me and I love to see how different ages of people join together to help teach our children about Jesus’ love. 


    Hometown:  Dothan, Al


     Best childhood memories:  Spending time with my Granny visiting family and her neighbors. Going to VBS and being a part of our youth choir.


    Favorite Bible verse:  My favorite verse changes quiet often. Usually it is one of the verses we are teaching in Bible Skills, Drills, & Thrills. Right now it is Philippians 4:13.


    Favorite book:  The Bible. It has everything!


    Favorite food: Cinnamon Rolls


    Favorite movies:  Comedies and children’s movies


    Favorite vacation spot:  Beach


    Habit I want to quit:  Procrastination


    Hidden talent:  I try to find the best in everyone and in every situation.


    Hobby:  Painting, crocheting, etc. I always have something new on my list of “Things To Learn To Do Before I Die.” Next on the list is Mosaics.


    What music would you find on my IPOD or IPHONE: If I had music on my IPHONE, it would be VBS music, contemporary Christian.


    Proudest moment:   The birth of my children


    Strangest thing I have done:   I know no one will believe this, but, I went parasailing.


    Way to relax:  Read


    Weirdest thing I’ve eaten: Escargot. I still don’t know why I thought I needed to eat them.


    What I wanted to be when I grew up:    This question should be “What I want to be when I grow up” because I have not decided if I am grown yet! When I was younger I can remember wondering what I was going to do with my life. I would ask God what He had planned for me. But, I let my shyness get in my way. I do believe I am doing what God had planned for me to do. But, I could have been doing it so many years before if I had just let God be in charge instead of thinking I had to do it all by myself! Parents, before your child is even born, pray that they will follow God’s plan for their lives. Boys & Girls, pray and ask God continually if you are where He wants you to be and if you are doing what He has planned for you because He has a wonderful plan for your life. A life where you can help others come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.

  • Shelia Joiner
    Pastor’s Assistant


    Bessemer Academy

    University of Montevallo


    Family: Husband Roger; Brad Son; Chuck son; Jessica Daughter-in-love


    What I love about First Baptist Church:  I love the people – so loving and generous and I love the Staff – we have the best ever.


    Hometown: Bessemer, Alabama


    Best childhood memories: Fishing with my Dad and playing softball.


    Favorite Bible verse:  “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.


    Favorite book When I was a child I read every Nancy Drew Book and my love for mysteries is still with me (any kind of mystery).


    Favorite food: hamburgers, baked loaded potatoes


    Favorite movies: Gone With the Wind, All Nicholas Sparks movies


    Favorite vacation spot: The Mountains of North GA


    Habit I want to quit:  Overeating


    Hidden talent: Listening to others 


    Hobby:  Gardening, raising turtles, fishing


    What music would you find on my IPOD or IPHONE: Christian, Classic Country, Classic Rock


    Proudest moment:   Were when my two sons were born. They are the biggest blessing of my life.


    Strangest thing I have done:  Storm Chasing


    Way to relax:  Lay in the sun or have a pajama day


    Weirdest thing I’ve eaten: crawfish


    What I wanted to be when I grew up:   Nurse (but for some reason unknown to me I never made it)

  • Tanya Kines
    Financial Assistant


    Shelby Academy

    Mitchell’s Cosmetology School


    Family: Married to Billy for 16 years. We have a 15 year old son named Mitchell. Our “Fur Kids” are Molly (Yorkie) & Milo (English Bulldog)


    What I love about First Baptist Church:  From the day I started I felt like I had been here for years!


    Hometown: Towson, MD

    Best childhood memories: Traveling with my grandparents!


    Favorite Bible verse:  Proverbs 3:5-6


    Favorite book:  I don’t have one.


    Favorite food: Mexican


    Favorite movies:  Elf, The Help, Steel Magnolias & Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas


    Favorite vacation spot:  Anywhere with a beach!


    Habit I want to quit:  Worrying


    Hidden talent: It’s still hiding!


    Hobby:  Spending time with my family, cooking & relaxing at the pool! 

    What music would you find on my IPOD or IPHONE: A BIG variety


    Proudest moment:   When I became a mom!


    Strangest thing I have done:   Milking a cow


    Way to relax: Watch TV & look at Pinterest


    Weirdest thing I’ve eaten:  Blood Sausage


    What I wanted to be when I grew up:  Teacher & Hairdresser   

  • Sheila Wildes
    Worship & Student Assistant


    Associate in Applied Science- Medical Technology, Walker College, Jasper AL / University of Alabama in Birmingham

    Bachelors in Health Administration, University of Alabama in Birmingham


    Family: Bill, Alison and Brad, Lucy, Will, Meredith and Jon, Lesley


    What I love about First Baptist Church:  It is a very friendly place.


    Hometown: Cordova, AL


    Best childhood memories: Climbing trees, rowing on the pond, fishing with my Daddy in the Warrior River


    Favorite Bible verse:  Luke 6:41


    Favorite book:  Anything written by Maeve Binchy


    Favorite food: BLT


    Favorite movies: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Sound of Music


    Favorite vacation spot: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming


    Habit I want to quit: Being impatient


    Hidden talent:  Organization


    Hobby:  Reading


    What music would you find on my IPOD or IPHONE: Movie Soundtracks


    Proudest moment:   There is no single moment, but I am supremely proud of all three of my daughters.


    Strangest thing I have done:   I took a 17 hour nonstop flight, alone, to see my daughter, son in law and grandchildren. It was 18 hours on the way back…


    Way to relax:  Read


    Weirdest thing I’ve eaten: Goat


    What I wanted to be when I grew up: Doctor


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